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Frederik Meijer Lecture Series

The Frederik Meijer Lecture series has been established to provide local and national presentations that focus on issues of leadership, innovation, and entrepreneurship from the perspective of students, faculty members, and participants in business throughout the region.

Winter 2017

Why I Love Designing the Future of Everyday Things

Nate Young, Vice President of Global Innovation, Newell Rubbermaid

Monday, March 20, 2017 at 5:00 PM in the Seidman College of Business Forum

Click HERE to RSVP for the event.

Parking will be available in the Fulton Lot on the Pew Campus.

Nate Young joined Newell Rubbermaid in September of 2013 in a newly created position responsible for energizing and accelerating the company’s innovation funnel and driving a more innovation-centric culture deep within Newell Rubbermaid. Young brings 30 years of experience and a proven track record of leading innovation at large, complex organizations.

Most recently, he was president of the NewNorth Center for Design in Business, a nonprofit, hybrid education and business institution based in Holland, Mich. Previously, Young was Executive VP and Chief Academic Officer at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, Calif., working with leading innovation-driven companies like Disney, Nike and NTT DoCoMo. Young is also the founder of Twisthink, a Michigan-based product design and development firm.

Nate graduated from and later served as provost of the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California with a degree in Industrial Design.



Nate Young

Fall 2016

The Start-Up Secret Sauce: Building an Organization from the Ground Up

Brian Bordainick, Head of Innovation Ventures at Hudson's Bay Company

Tuesday, September 20 at 5:00pm in the Seidman College of Business Forum

Parking will be in Fulton Lot off of W Fulton

RSVP's not required 

The days of shopping at department and other big box stores seem numbered as online shopping becomes a staple in life. You could learn a lot about re-envisioning retail from the next Frederik Meijer lecturer, Brian Bordainick. 

Hudson's Bay Company is the oldest company in North America and one of the fastest-growing retailers in the world. Its companies include Lord and Taylor, Saks Fifth Avenue and Home Outfitters. Bordainick's role is working with these companies to redesign the shopping experience for customers.

He is new to the role and had served as CEO of Dinner Lab Inc., a company that created unique dining events in 30 cities. The multi-million dollar company folded in July after never turning a profit, forcing Bordainick to lay off 43 people.

In an interview with Forbes, Bordainick said although Dinner Lab failed as a start-up company and investors lost $10 million, he would run another start-up given the right opportunity.

Jeff Chamberlain, director of the Frederik Meijer Honors College, said Bordainick's presentation will appeal to audience members who have varied interests such as sustainability, marketing and entrepreneurship.

The Frederik Meijer Lecture Series was established with a gift from the Meijer Foundation to provide local and national presentations that focus on issues of leadership, innovation, and entrepreneurship from the perspective of students, faculty members and participants in business throughout the region. 

Brian Bordainick

Winter 2016

Creativity in the Digital Revolution

Ryan McManus, Accenture Strategy

Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at 5:00 PM in the Seidman College of Business Forum 

Click HERE to RSVP for the event. 

Parking will be available in the Fulton Lot on the Pew Campus.

Ryan McManus is the founder of Accenture’s Digital Business Strategy practice and previously served as the Accenture Strategy COO and a leader in the firm’s Corporate Strategy, M&A and International Expansion practices. He has worked with clients across industries since 1995.

He is a regular speaker and faculty on digital and global business strategy topics and has been recognized as one of Accenture Strategy’s top thought leaders and talent developers globally.

Ryan is a member of the Aspen Institute Society of Fellows Vanguard Chapter Advisory Board and the Aspen Institute’s Socrates Steering Committee. He has worked in over 40 countries, earned his MBA at The University of Chicago Booth School of Business and graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Valedictorian of the University of Iowa.



Ryan McManus

Fall 2015

A Conversation with Nancy Hickey

Nancy Hickey, Steelcase Executive (retired)

Tuesday, October 13, 2015 at 5:30 PM  in the Loosemore Auditorium of the DeVos Center

Parking will be available in the Seward lot across from the DeVos Center building

Nancy began her career as a high school English teacher and retired from Steelcase in June of 2014 where she was the Chief Administrative Officer.  Throughout her 28 years at Steelcase, Nancy held positions in sales leadership and as CAO was responsible for a wide variety of global corporate functions including corporate communications, corporate and community relations, talent management, information technology, sustainability, real estate and facilities.  In addition, Nancy managed the global business centers in Kuala Lumpur, Monterrey and Cluj. She is a member of the board of directors for Fifth Third Bank, Meijer Inc., West Michigan Center for Arts and Technology (WMCAT) and Frederick Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park.

Missed the event? You can view the lecture in it's entirety HERE. (password: gvsu)

Nancy Hickey